What’s New for Web Designers – Nov. 2010
New apps and websites seem to be appearing on an almost daily basis, but trying to find the good ones among them can be tough, especially considering how many are not that great.
That’s why every month we research and showcase some of the best and latest resources available for web designers.
Here’s the newest installment of what’s new for web designers in the past few weeks. This month we’ve covered everything from new fonts to useful web apps to some new resources for you to use in your own designs, all recently launched!
As always, if we’ve missed something, let us know in the comments. And if you know of an app you’d like included in the next roundup, please tweet it to @cameron_chapman.
Please feel free to share your views on the products and services that we’re featuring this month, in the comments area below…
The Great Typekit Table
Sleepover has published this chart that shows us which Typekit fonts are good for long blocks of text. In addition to listing appropriate fonts, it also tells us whether the fonts are OK for Windows, whether they include extra weights and opticals, and more. All the fonts included had to meet certain criteria: they had to be available in bold, italic, and bold italic styles, and they couldn’t be handwriting, script or monospace.
Instagram is a new camera app for iPhone. It’s free, and lets you snap a photo and then apply filters to it before sharing it via Facebook, Twitter or Flickr.
Curio 7 is the newest version of the Curio app for Mac, which allows for better organization of creative projects. This version adds a bunch of new features, and is easier to use than previous versions.
Sublime Video is a new embeddable HTML5 video player, still in private beta. It will be a paid app once the beta is over, but aims to be more cost-effective than free apps by removing the need to manage or maintain the app, or go through complicated integration procedures.
Alertful is a simple, free reminder service. Just enter a task, holiday, meeting, or other event and your email address, and it will remind you on the appropriate day. You can tell it whether to just remind you once or on a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly basis.
BrushLovers.com is a new sister-site to Webdesigner Depot that offers a huge collection of both free and premium Photoshop brushes. The brushes included are all exclusive, so you won’t find them anywhere else!
MailerLite is a low-cost email newsletter program that uses a drag-and-drop content editor and doesn’t require HTML skills. Pricing starts at just over $.01/email sent, and goes down from there, depending on volume.
Wibba is a new social sharing service for tech products, both online and off. You can share anything related to the tech industry: news, apps, videos, and more, and follow people to see what they’re sharing.
PicsEngine is a new photo storage and sharing service. They offer a 30-day trial, but after that the charge is 5 Euros per month (or 50 Euros per year) for unlimited storage and up to 10GB of bandwidth per month. Photo galleries can be viewed with any browser, while the library service only works on Chrome, Safari and Firefox.
Observer is a new analytics app, currently still in private beta. It has a very elegant UI, and can give both a high-level view as well as a detailed view of what you need to know about your website traffic.
Weet for iPhone
Weet is a new, $.99 Twitter app for iPhone. It offers a clean interface, a number of built-in services (like Bit.ly, Posterous, Twitpic and TwitVid), and Read Later support. It also supports multiple accounts, and supports twitmore.
Awesome Fontstacks is a great site for finding and creating failsafe font stacks that can be used with @font-face. Just pick a font to start, and the site will then show you compatible fonts.
Gitwrite is “Blogging. For Nerds. Done right.” It’s basically a blogging platform built on Git. You sign up with Github and can then can update either via git or using their web interface.
Desks Near Me
Freelancers often work from home, which is great. Except when you’d like to get out of the house and work somewhere else for the day. That’s where Desks Near Me comes in. Enter your location and it will tell you of available places nearby where you can work for the day.
Owe Me Cash
Owe Me Cash is an online “collections” service that will send reminders via phone, text and email to those who owe you money.
foxGuide is a Firefox plugin that lets you add Photoshop-esque guides to webpages. It saves the guides you make for each page, too, so you don’t have to recreate them the next time you need them.
NULL Free Font
NULL is a new free font from Font Fabric. It’s a bold, sans-serif, display-style font, perfect for headlines.
Roke 1984 is a new display-style font with a really unique look. It’s based on a geometric forms and mathematical symbols, and includes both numerals and accents.
Spatha Serif is a beautiful, slightly-rounded serif font with a vintage feel to it.
Unobtrusive Ajax Free Ebook
Verify is a new app for gathering feedback from users on mockups or screens. It gives clear, actionable results, and can be used for A/B testing among other types of tests. They offer a 30-day free trial, and then plans start at $9/month.
Cirkel Pro Font Family
Cirkel Pro is a funky new font family, that includes a number of unusual forms, all based on circles.
Skyhook Mono Font Family
The Skyhook Mono font family includes a variety of font weights and styles of this angular, monospace typeface. The regular weight is free to download, though other styles run about $20 each.
I Slabbed the Seriff Font
I Slabbed the Seriff is a new free font created with FontStruct. It’s a slab serif typeface, and includes numerals and accents.
Simple Booklet is an easy-to-use flipbook creator, that lets you include images, text, video, audio, and other content in your flipbooks, without any coding knowledge.
WordPress Snippets simplifies theme creation and customization by providing pre-built code for a variety of functions and features. You can browse or search included code, or share your own code snippets.
The Square Grid
The Square Grid is a new CSS framework that works based on 35 equal-width columns. It also provides a 28px baseline-grid for smooth vertical rhythm.
Ai -> Canvas
Ai -> Canvas is a plug-in that lets Adobe Illustrator export vector and bitmap artwork directly to an HTML5 canvas element for rendering in a canvas-enabled browser. It provides drawing, animating, and coding options for creating interactive and well-designed canvas-based apps.
Markup is a bookmarklet that lets you draw on any webpage to share your ideas with others. You can draw with the Magic Marker or write with the Text tool, and then publish your ideas.
yfrog Widget Personalization
yfrog now lets you create a customized, personalized widget for sharing your yfrog photos in a blog or website sidebar.
Twilert is a free app that lets you create automated email alerts for tweets. Just enter the search term, hashtag, or other criteria, and the time you want to receive your alerts, and Twilert will email you with any mentions.
Yogile is a new photosharing service that lets you create both private and public albums. Yogile stands out, though, by allowing friends and family to also submit images to your albums.
Capturely makes it easy to create coming soon pages for your unlaunched websites aimed at getting visitors to submit their email address for updates.
Written exclusively for WDD by Cameron Chapman.
What do you think of these new tools for designers? If we missed something, please share it in the comments below!
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